There is a high demand from the industry for highly-skilled professionals with a strong understanding of regulation and compliance disciplines.

This programme introduces students to the critical role played by compliance and regulation in Global Markets. The programme will provide an outline of the fundamentals of regulatory framework as well as a more focused approach to compliance in various markets. The programme also provides a comprehensive inspection of the Compliance issues emanating in practice in global markets.

Students studying on the programme will have an exposure to the cutting-edge approaches in dealing with practical issues in compliance and regulation. The programme contains a range of both general and specialist modules in London, or Distance Learning, to tailor the programme to the student’s specific needs. Students have the option of specialising in one of the following sectors:

  • Financial Institution
  • Data protection and Intellectual Property
  • Business and Insurance Law
  • Energy.

Study Details:

LLM 1 year Full-time & 2 years Part-time

Module Details:


Compulsory Modules

Semester A

  • Compliance systems in practice – NEW
  • QLLM 155 Principles of Regulation
  • QLLM374 Law and Ethics in Finance (London).

Semester B

  • Compliance in Global Markets
  • Specialist case study (50% of the dissertation in Distance learning) – NEW.

Semester C

  • Dissertation (the remaining 50%).

Elective modules

In addition to compulsory modules students will take 2 electives from the following specialisations.

Financial Institutions specialisation

  • EU financial and Monetary Law
  • Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
  • Regulation of Financial Markets
  • Compliance in Global context
  • Islamic Finance and Commercial Law
  • Securities Regulations
  • Banking Law
  • Insurance Regulations
  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility in Finance.

Data protection and IP

  • Corporate Copyright Law
  • Comparative law of Patents and Trade Secrets
  • EU Data Protection Law
  • International Law of Patents and Related Rights
  • Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
  • The Law or Registered Trade Marks
  • Information Security and the Law.

 Business and Insurance Law

  • Chinese Business Law
  • Asian and African Legal Systems
  • International and Comparative law of Unfair Competition
  • Cartels, Collusion and Competition Law
  • Chinese Banking and Financial law
  • Competition Enforcement from Investigations to Sanctions
  • Regulations of International Trade
  • Merger and Acquisitions.


  • Energy Regulations and Policy
  • Energy Law and Ethics
  • Energy Economics I: A legal perspective
  • International Regulation and Governance of Energy
  • Transnational Law and Governance in Practice.

Distance Learning modules

  • Online Banking and Financial Services
  • Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
  • Internet Content Regulation
  • Information Security and the Law
  • European Telecommunications Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in the ICT Sector
  • Online Media Regulation
  • Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
  • Internet Governance
  • Cloud Computing.

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Student Destinations

Completing a postgraduate law qualification at Queen Mary can be an excellent way to consolidate and enhance your legal experience whether you intend to practise in your own country or to develop an international legal career. Senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities contribute on our programmes, providing excellent networking opportunities for our students.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree in law of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent), or equivalent. Applicants with substantial professional experience may also qualify.

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